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Scripture memory passage for the week of November 19, 2017

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Wholesale Slaughter with the Jawbone of a donkey

Judges 15:14–15:20
The cords that bound Samson were snapped and he grabbed a fresh jawbone of a donkey and made a wholesale slaughter of the Philistines (vv. 14-17). A fresh jawbone of a donkey would be heavier and less brittle and thus a more effective weapon than a jawbone that was old and dry. T … Read more

Fastening Torches to the Foxes Tails

Judges 15:1–15:13
It is important to note that the wife that Samson asked his parents to get for him apparently continued to live with her parents. He was probably taking her an expectant gift on his periodic visit. However Samson learns that his bride had been given to another by her father w … Read more

The Marriage of Samson

Judges 14:8–14:20
In those days the parents arranged for a marriage, and there was several weeks between engagement and marriage. On the trip to Timnath with his parents he had killed a lion with his bare hands. Then several weeks later when he came back, perhaps to complete the marriage, … Read more

Samson Falls in Love

Judges 14:1–14:7
Timnath was located about 4 miles south-west of Zorah which was only about an hour’s walk. It was here that Samson met the first of his lovers and he didn’t seem to be concerned that she was a Philistine (v. 1). He knew the laws of separation God had given to the people, but he … Read more

Sampson was Born

Judges 13:15–13:25
Minoah wanted to have a sacrificial meal with the angel of the Lord for he was not aware that his guest was superhuman (v. 15). The angel refused to partake of such a meal but suggested instead that a sacrifice be offered to the Lord (vv. 16-18). Minoah appears to have taken th … Read more

Sampson’s Parents Make a Vow

Judges 13:8–13:14
Manoah and his wife did not have any children because she was barren. So the birth of Samson was miraculous as was the birth of Isaac, or Joseph or Benjamin. Manoah accepted that the visitor was a “man of God” (v.8), prayed for a second visit and that he and his wife wo … Read more

Israel’s Final Judge

Judges 13:1–13:7
The repeated apostasy of Israel leads up to a time of oppression by the Philistines. The Philistines were probably the worst enemies that Israel had ever had. This time their oppression lasted for 40 years (v. 1). During this time we come to one of the most outstanding of the j … Read more

War with Ephraim

Judges 12:1–12:7
The tribe of Ephraim seems to have been easily upset as they took exception to Jephthah’s strategy against Ammon (v. 1). The men of Ephraim had been angered before when Gideon did not ask them to join in his surprise attack on the camp of the Midianites. Their jealousy was a real … Read more

Jephthah’s Vow to the Lord

Judges 11:29–11:40
Jephthah wanted victory over the Ammonites so badly that he made a foolish vow to God (vv. 29-31). If God would permit him to triumph over Ammon he would offer up as a sacrifice the first thing that walked through the door of his house to meet him after the battle. The Spirit of … Read more

Jephthah’s Military Strategy

Judges 11:18–11:28
Few leaders in the old Testament show more intelligence as a leader than Jephthah. His military strategy was comparable to that of Gideon and David. He knew the history of the tribes and the details of their lives during the Exodus and their invasion of Amorite. Jephthah led t … Read more

Jephthah’s Call to Leadership

Judges 11:1–11:17
The eighth judge of Israel was a man of great character, by the name of Jephthah. In his early life he was despised by his half-brothers as an illegitimate son of their father and he became an outcast and was exiled to the land of Tob (vv. 1-5). It was a normal practice to send a … Read more

Servitude Under the Philistines and Ammonites

Judges 10:1–10:9
After Abimelech, Tola arose to rescue Israel (vv. 1-2). We know little about this sixth judge. He was a member of the tribe of Issacher and his regime lasted 23 years. Apparently nothing outstanding occurred during his reign. Jair was the seventh judge who apparently was … Read more

The Repentance of Israel

Judges 10:10–10:18
Under heavy persecution from the Ammonites, the tribes of Israel began to pray for grace and confessing their wrong doings (v. 10). They put away all of the foreign idols in order to serve the Lord. The Lord spoke sternly to His people (vv. 11-14). He reminded them of how He had … Read more

Abimelech Wanted to Get Revenge

Judges 9:42–9:57
The next day the men went out into the fields, and Abimelech was told about the planned rebellion. He took his men and divided them into three companies and laid in wait in the field. He looked and behold, the people were coming out of the city and he rose up against them a … Read more


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